Category Archives: Critical Thinking

10 Concepts for Teaching Effective Listening Skills — Global Digital Citizen Foundation

Listen is a single word with such big implications. When it comes to good listening skills, it’s not so much about the ears as it is about being observant. A good listener receives information, processes it, gives feedback for clarity, … Continue reading

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Learning from one of my teachers about a site for ELL students that presents news articles at 5 different reading levels.  Wish I had this when I taught English! https://newsela.com/

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Ten Minutes of Connecting: Day 20 – How Leaders Use Google Drive for Collaboration

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Today we are building on some of the learning you have been doing in this series.  We have focused on a number of tools to help you connect.  We hope that you are continuing to set…

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#EdCamp Learning

Today as I watch my son in his weekly para-dressage lesson, there are dedicated teachers in various cities, like Ottawa, taking part in EdCamp learning opportunities. While I can’t attend, I can follow the back channel Twitter feeds. I think … Continue reading

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Reflections on PD

Today was the first full PD day I had with my new staff at Ridgemont HS. I’ve really enjoyed working with this great group of educators, but today I really got to see how these people work together to further … Continue reading

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Collaborative Lesson Creation

Today I joined some science teachers as they created a lesson as a team. This was the last gathering of this team after spending time together every two weeks when the team created lessons for an observed class, took part … Continue reading

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Testing questions, questioning testing

One of the things I like most about being a Vice Principal is having the opportunity to go into many classrooms to see what and how students are learning, as well as how teachers engage their students.  Recently I had … Continue reading

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A letter to my teacher

It has been suggested to me many times at various PD events that teachers should take a moment to write a letter to teachers who were themselves influential and important to us. the Ontario College of Teachers’ publication Professionally Speaking … Continue reading

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Why? Why not? What if? Questioning Our Way to a Better Tomorrow

Why? Why not? What if? Questioning Our Way to a Better Tomorrow.

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Pause for thought

I recently ran into a former student whom I have not seen in nearly 15 years. I was surprised he remembered me since we did not part on good terms — he was caught cheating on his major term paper … Continue reading

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